HammondCare partners with Dutch provider Topaz to share learnings

Not for profit provider HammondCare and Netherlands aged and Huntington care leader, Topaz, have announced a strategic partnership to improve the quality of life for people in need.

The partnership will be launched with an online session involving thought leaders from both organisations to be available from tomorrow: World Alzheimer’s Day, Tuesday, September 21.

HammondCare and Topaz will share knowledge in areas such as complex dementia and behaviours, Huntington’s disease, dementia design and professional development and there will be communities of practice, research collaboration and traineeship opportunities between the two organisations.

HammondCare Chief Executive Mike Baird and Topaz Chief Executive Lia de Jongh along with Professor Wilco Achterberg, Leiden University Professor of Institutional Care and Elderly Care Medicine, have announced the strategic partnership, Stronger Together: Dementia Knowledge Exchange.

Mr Baird said the partnership would allow each organisation to learn from the other’s strengths with collaborative research and knowledge exchange.

“This partnership will extend knowledge and capability in each organisation and align with HammondCare and our Mission to improve the quality of life for people in need,” he said.

Ms de Jongh said Topaz is keen to learn from HammondCare’s expertise in cottage model design as well as its approach to care for people living with dementia in their own homes.

“Topaz is looking forward to working with HammondCare. This partnership will benefit both of us,” she said.

The webinar discussion will feature Ms de Jongh and Professor Achterberg, along with Associate Professor Colm Cunningham, Director, The Dementia Centre, HammondCare; and Professor Susan Kurrle, University of Sydney Curran Chair of Health in Older People.

Hosted by HammondCare Head of Dementia Centre Services Marie Alford, the webinar will cover topics such Topaz’s radical approach to care, including appointing an “in-house mother” to oversee a home-like atmosphere and HammondCare’s unique relationship-centred model of care.

Also discussed are the advantages of eldercare physicians and Topaz’s learnings from COVID-19 visitor restrictions on aged care residents living with dementia.

To listen to the webinar when it goes live in Australia, go to:



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